Maritzburg, Highlands play to a draw

Maritzburg United and Highlands Park played to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the Harry Gwala stadium on Wednesday night.

The first real effort on goal came in the 14th minute when Devon Saal found some space 25-yards out, but he fired just over the target.

Highlands Park were gifted an opportunity to go ahead four minutes later when a mistake by Dennis Wieldiech allowed Brandon Theron through on goal, but he was superbly denied in a one-on-one with the United keeper.

In the 19th minute Abia Nale came close to scoring for the home side when he met a cross into the box by Evans Rusike, but the Maritzburg man head inches wide.

On the half hour mark Rusike found his way behind the Highlands Park defence, but with just the keeper to beat he chipped over the goal.

Neither side could find a goal before the halftime break.

Three minutes into the second half Maritzburg took the lead when Saal rounded off a swift passing move with a clinical finish, 1-0.

Highlands Park quickly hit back and levelled matters in the 54th minute when Thanduyise Khuboni headed home from close range, 1-1.

Maritzburg suffered a futher set-back just before the hour mark when they were reduced to ten men following a red card for Bevan Fransman after a foul on Edwin Sitayitayi.

Highlands dominated possession after that and pushed for a winner, but the Maritzburg defence held firm to earn a share of the spoils.

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Saal 48’)

Highlands Park (0) 1 (Khuboni 54’)

Teams:

Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Fransman, Mngonyama, Wieldiech, Moyo (Van Wyk 46’), Nale (Mokate 46’), Lentjies (Shandu 65’), Rusike, Mekoa, Maboe, Saal.

Highlands Park: Kapini, Mbara, Koena, Ngalo, Sibande (Garcia 70’), Khuboni, Mvala, Theron, Cale, Sitaytayi, Mbesuma (Mashumba 65’).